This week was pretty ruff when it comes to food and treaching and such. I just looked at our numbers from last week.... there were a lot of "0's" most of our appointments fell through. Even when we had confirmed just hours before.... time and time again. We got lost several times...for hours at a time and did a lot of waiting...but I still feel like a good missionary. Sometimes it's really hard to not get discouraged. Things don't always work out. Even after a lot of thought and effort. I’m learning that day in and day out. When I first got to Mongolia I was always so busy. We never had a break; we left the house right after studies, sometimes with out lunch and didn't get home until 9:30. Now I’m blessed if one appointment works out. I’ve been thinking about this a little bit lately. Life has its ups and downs, peaks and pits...and we will have each no matter what. And I’m grateful for them. I appreciate so much more the lessons that I do a have, the people that I do meet with. I love being a missionary! I learn so much everyday! It is really all so amazing to me! I feel so blessed! We are able to meet with members and they help us a lot, they tell is about their inactive friends or friends who might be interested in the gospel...I was not like that at home. Help the missionaries! We need it!
1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;
5 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.
6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.
7 Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.
I love these verses! I am so grateful that He has called me to this work. That I am blessed to serve among these people. I am so blessed. So what that things don't work out? So what I’m not as busy as I’d like to be...it's not about me. I am here to help people come unto Christ...however, whoever and whenever I can. I sat next to a woman on the bus the other day...we had gone quite a ways in silence (my stomach was really hurting.... so bad still) but she finally asked me where I was from.... in English. Whenever someone speaks English to a missionary here...we go straight into our free English classes. So I did. We talked about her school, where I taught English and we became friends real quick...I gave her an English card and wrote my name on it. I hope I see her there.
There is also this little girl and young mom that I keep running into all over town.... once a week for the past few weeks. This little girl just comes and stands close to me...doesn't really say anything and then gives me a hug and walks away. He finds ways to help us influence for good.
Just random little stories but... anyways I love this work. I love this opportunity to be a missionary and to be able to serve in so many ways. I love teaching and preparing music.
Positive attitudes bring positive results...ours are coming soon
xoxox, sister bollwinkel
PS: pray that we don't get fed any more sheep stomach or huushuur!